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Elliott will not play Sunday after a second circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Elliott's motion for an injunction to block his suspension. He's eligible to return in Week 16 versus the Seattle Seahawks.

This is a developing news story.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is back on. Although both players are formidable backups that have been Pro Bowl-caliber backs for other teams in the past, there's no replacing Elliott who may be the best player in the National Football League at his position.

"This is bigger than a suspension, this is bigger than football", Elliott told reporters.

Although Elliott faced no criminal charges from the case, the NFL probe found him to have been in breach of the league's personal conduct policy. Elliott's suspension will add to that total, in advance of the offseason calculation of bonuses which were or weren't accounted for already.

Had they waited until next week to make their decision, Elliott would have been allowed to play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons thanks to the administrative stay he had been granted while awaiting the next panel to hear his appeal.

As a rookie last season, the former Buckeyes standout rushed for a league-leading 1,631 yards over the course of 15 regular-season games for the playoff-bound Cowboys.

The union immediately appealed Goodell's decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.